The Gentac ‘HMS Victory’ features beautiful bolsters in hand-forged 'Croc Skin' damascus by Chad Nichols, inlaid with oak wood reclaimed during the restoration of the H.M.S. Victory.
One of the greatest pieces of naval history of all time, the H.M.S. Victory was sailed by Admiral Nelson in the victorious Battle of Trafalgar of 1805, when the British won, against overwhelming odds, against both the French and the Spanish fleets.
The ship was launched in 1765, and wasinstrumental in ensuring British navalsupremacy during the late 18th andearly 19th centuries. It is the only surviving ship to have fought in both the American War of Independence and the French Revolutionary wars.
The blade is in William Henry's signature 'Wave' damascus steel with an extra sharp core in VG-10 steel; the one-hand button lock and the thumb stud are set with spinel gemstones.
Blade 3.25" (82.5mm)
Handle 3.80" (96.5mm)
Overall open 7.00" (177.8mm)
William Henry's patent-pending Wave Damascus features a core in ZDP-189 (HRC 67) or VG-10 (cryo-tempered to a hardness of HRC 61) for superior sharpness and edge retention over time. The core of the blade is clad with alternating layers of stainless steel and nickel silver. The billet, 45 layers in all, is patterned with a custom die to create the undulating waves that emerge across the bevels of the blade. This material can be dark-etched for contrast, or etched and re-polished for a more subtle pattern.
Natural spinel is a gemstone that has become a great favorite with gem dealers and gem collectors; one might even say that spinel is for gemstone connoisseurs only.
It is a hard glassy mineral occurring as octahedral crystals of variable color and consisting chiefly of magnesium and aluminum oxides.
Some spinels are among the most famous gemstones in the world: among them are the Black Prince's Ruby and the "Timur Ruby" in the British Crown Jewels, and the "Côte de Bretagne", formerly from the French Crown jewels.
This material obtained by immersing a traditional damascus billet it in an acid solution. The process creates a striking visual contrast by enhancing the components that are more susceptible to the etching of the acid.